By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Sarah Collins, from Leeann Marie Photography

WHO: More than 550 guests, including Lisa Scales, president and CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Shelia Weiner, founder and president of The Event Group; and Paul Abernathy, director of FOCUS Pittsburgh

WHAT: The Event Group celebrated its 30th anniversary by collaborating with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to host the Fly Away Bash. The event benefited Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Backpack Program, which fights food insecurity among children who otherwise may not have enough to eat over the weekend.

WHERE: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Headquarters

HIGHLIGHTS:Following the theme of aviation, air traffic controllers and flight attendants greeted guests upon arrival. Attendees enjoyed a strolling dinner provided by big Catering, the “in-flight entertainment” area featured games like pool and foosball, a photobooth, giant lite-brite, and drinks from a server sitting atop an 11-foot-tall tricycle! Thousands of boxes of cereal and cans of food served as both decoration and a donation to the organization. For 10 lucky guests, the night did not end at the close of the event. A private jet flew six winners to New York City for an all-expense-paid weekend. The four remaining winners were escorted by limousine to Omni Bedford Springs Resort and the Omni William Penn Hotel.

“Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps feed 360,000 members of our community in need each year and 19 percent of those people are children. The Fly Away Bash brought together the community to help ensure children have enough to eat over the weekends. We are so thankful to The Event Group, UPMC Health Plan, and all the other organizations that came together to make this event possible.” — Lisa Scales

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